League of Legends: Top 10 Players of the LEC

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League of Legends: Top 10 Players of the LEC

In the LEC's inaugural season we have seen it all. With the near conclusion of the regular season, we take a look at the Top 10 players of the league.

The list is also entirely subjective and can have inconsistencies with what others think. The way I looked at the list was with the idea that these players should be in contention for MVP, not just because of their individual play, but also by showing their worth to their teams.

 

#1 Xerxe

Xerxe Splyce LoL

Position: Jungle

Team: Splyce

Splyce was one of the most underrated teams coming into the franchised LEC and many didn't believe that this team could perform to the level of Fnatic, G2, and Origen. It feels like Splyce has been on a mission to prove everyone wrong. A significant contributor to this is Xerxe, who is the best jungler in the LEC. League happens to be a team game, but when Xerxe can dictate the pace, you know that Splyce will be on the front foot. Xerxe leads the Jungle position in KDA, Kill Participation, Gold Difference @10, and EXP Difference @10, while also sporting the lowest death percentage in the role. Xerxe has helped Splyce become one of the top teams in the league and will be fascinating to watch in the playoffs.


#2 Caps

Caps G2 Esports LoL

Position: Mid Lane

Team: G2 Esports

It is hard to argue against the inclusion of Caps as one of the best players in the LEC. Ever since leaving Fnatic for G2, Caps has shown how much his signing has meant for G2. G2 have hit the ground running and are sitting in first place for the playoffs. Caps has pulled some incredible 1v9 performances and has a strong understanding of the overall map. However, he has encountered times where he overextends and has cost G2 games. Overall, the addition of Caps has helped G2 have a shot to dominate the region once again.


#3 Nukeduck

Nukeduck Origen LoL

Position: Mid Lane

Team: Origen

Is this finally the year of the duck? Whether you want the meme dead or want it to finally come through, we have seen glimpses that Nukeduck can accomplish just about anything. He has crushed Caps in lane with a fascinating Zed performance but has also shown some downsides when Origen failed to pick up wins towards the beginning of the season. When he brings his best it feels that Nukeduck is not able to be brought down, but the main thing he's lacking is consistent performances.

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#4 Kobbe

Kobbe Splyce LoL

Position: ADC

Team: Splyce

Kobbe has been destroying it in the bot lane. This is in part because he has some help from Norskeren to navigate through the laning phase. Kobbe has put up some monster performances against some of the other top ADCs in the league, Perkz and Upset being the most recent ones. Maintaining the second highest KDA in the league for ADCs is no easy feat, but Kobbe has proven that he can play against the best.


#5 Wunder

Wunder G2 Esports LoL

Position: Top Lane

Team: G2 Esports

Are you massively behind? Is your recently acquired mid laner not helping you when you need it most? Look no further than to Wunder in the top lane. G2 may have added a star in the mid lane, but they must be thankful to have kept one of the best, if not the best top laner in the LEC. He is a 1v9 machine but might not have been seen as a clear top player before. Due to the dominating performances that G2 had in the first half of the season, it is clear that Wunder can't be underestimated as a powerhouse in the top lane.


#6 Crownshot

Crownshot SK Gaming LoL

Position: ADC

Team: SK Gaming

Crownshot is one of the three main players that SK hired from the MAD Lions when fixing up their roster for their comeback into the LEC. Alongside Werlyb and Selfmade, the trio has had some great performances while overcoming some growing pains throughout their development. Crownshot is in heavy contention for Rookie of the Split thanks to some dominating performances against some great European ADC's, including Fnatic's Rekkles.


#7 Selfmade

Selfmade LEC

Position: Jungle

Team: SK Gaming

Selfmade might be in the midst of a close playoff battle, but he has really proved to be one of the best rookies coming into this year's franchising. His play is one of the main reasons that SK Gaming has a chance at playoffs. Selfmade is one of the standout names in the SK lineup, beginning as early as their first game of the split against Fnatic. This rookie is looking to make his name known in the LEC for years to come.

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#8 Cabochard

Cabochard LEC

Position: Top Lane

Team: Team Vitality

Considering that Vitality is fighting for the highly contested top two spots, it is no surprise that one of their members would be featured in the list. Cabochard, like the rest of his team, has been inconsistent at times, but when he does show up he likes to put on a show. He is a major play-maker and enables Attila to succeed. Whether it's an impressive carry performance or a much-needed tank/peel type of play, he can accomplish it all. He finds himself ahead of much of his opposition across the board and is clearly a vital part of his team.


#9 Rekkles

Rekkles Fnatic LEC

Position: ADC

Team: Fnatic

If you asked me to rank the best players at the beginning of the split, you would likely see a couple of players from Schalke. But after their mid-split collapse, it seems that it would be a steal not to include Rekkles and some of his fellow Fnatic players. Rekkles, with the help of Hylissang, have played unbelievably well in their recent win streak. They have put Fnatic in a prime position to be the favorite team heading into playoffs.


#10 Broxah

Broxah Fnatic LEC

Position: Jungle

Team: Fnatic

Anyone in Fnatic being included in this list would be ludicrous to think about in the beginning of the split due to Fnatic's dismal early performances. But after their win streak and return to form, it is clear that Fnatic is the hottest team in the league and deserve to have multiple players included in this list. Broxah, the humble giant in the jungle, deserves one of these spots. This is not just because of his impressive performances, but also because of the calmness he has shown. Broxah is a critical player for Fnatic on and off the rift, and will continue to shine going forward.


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Manny Gomez
Manny ‘Manstr’ graduated with a degree in game design and development but fell in love with the thrill of esports. Manny has always enjoyed talking about professional League of Legends and FIFA. He has been a published video game journalist in Colombia for two different publications. Twitter: @Manster415